DISTRICT BRIEFING

DISTRICT BRIEFING

Wednesday, August 2, 2006

MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT

Vote on Plan Near Stadium Delayed a Week

Legal questions are delaying a proposal from developer Herbert S. Miller to build condominiums, shops, restaurants and parking garages next to a new baseball stadium in Southeast Washington, city officials said yesterday.

Miller and aides to Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D) did not provide financing documents and other details to the D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission in time for a vote today. An endorsement by the commission is necessary before the mixed-use development can be built, and the decision will be delayed until next week, city officials said.

The city attorney general's office has raised questions about the legality of Miller's plans that mayoral aides have sought to answer. The mayor still expects the plan to be approved by the commission, a spokesman said yesterday.

-- David Nakamura

MEDICAL CARE

Retired Vets' Suit Against Pentagon Dismissed

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the Defense Department over medical services at the U.S. Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington.

A group of veterans living at the home filed a class-action lawsuit last year claiming that drastic budget cuts by the Pentagon have resulted in substandard medical care. They said the cuts violate a federal law requiring the home to provide a minimum standard of health care on the campus off North Capitol Street that has been a veterans' sanctuary since 1851. In January, a new federal law detailed the level of care required at the home.

In light of the law, Judge Richard J. Leon ruled that the lawsuit is moot.


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